Pac-10 cross country notes
The Wildcats women’s cross country team moved up to No. 6 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll after the UA men and women swept the ASU Invitational in Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday.
Five Arizona women cracked the top 10 during the women’s three-mile run, and freshman Erin Menefee (17:56.4) won the race for her first career individual title. Junior Hanna Henson followed Menefee in 18:03.9 for second place.
Sophomore Kat Howard (fifth, 19:01.5), senior Christina Rodgers (seventh, 19:21.8) and senior Deanna Sullivan (10th, 20:13.6) rounded out the Wildcats’ scorers.
Ben Engelhardt was the top finisher for the Sun Devils men at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, covering the 8,000m course in 24:10 for 12th overall.
The redshirt senior from Westerville, Ohio, led Arizona State to an 11th place team finish with 289 points, one shy of 10th place Indiana State.
The Sun Devils women, competing at the ASU Invitational in Mesa, Ariz., placed four in the top eight in the women’s 5,000m race.
The Golden Bears men and women took fifth and second, respectively, in the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto on Sept. 25.
Junior Deborah Maier led the Cal women with a runner-up finish on the 6,000m course, clocking in at 20:10 as one of three top-20 finishers for the Golden Bears. Senior Michael Coe, a 5,000m specialist outdoors who redshirted the last cross country season, took fifth place in the 8,000m men’s race (23:29).
Sophomore Mac Fleet, who underwent surgery on his left foot in the offseason, will redshirt the 2010 cross country season for the Ducks, Sports Information Director Greg Walker confirmed to the Emerald.
Fleet, a native of San Diego, competed in four races last season (three in an Oregon uniform). He finished 33rd at the Pacific-10 Conference championships last season and was the only freshman to run for the Ducks at the NCAA West Regional.
The Oregon State Beavers competed in the women’s 6,000m race on Sept. 25 at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., hosted by the University of Minnesota.
Sophomore Sandra Martinez paced the Beavers, completing the course in 22:57 for 107th place. Emily LaValley (122nd, 23:12) and Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson (128th, 23:19) also cracked the top 130 finishers.
Oregon State finished 21st in the 29-team field with 622 points.
The No. 1 Cardinal men and No. 14 Cardinal women defended their home turf on Sept. 25 at the Stanford Invitational, with the men scoring 31 points and the women scoring 41 points to sweep the team titles.
Sophomore Kathy Kroger won the 6,000m women’s race in 20:06 as six Cardinal runners finished in the top 15. The men dominated the field in the 8,000m race with the teamwork of Chris Derrick, Elliot Heath and Jacob Riley. Stanford’s top trio finished second, third, and fourth, respectively.
The No. 30 UCLA men finished sixth as a team at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, scoring 206 team points.
Junior Dylan Knight was the top finisher for the Bruin men, crossing the line in 24:13 for 14th place. Jake Matthews (35th, 24:36), Kent Morikawa (42nd, 24:42), David McDonald (52nd, 24:53) and Nohe Lema (65th, 25:07) rounded out the scorers for UCLA.
Bolstered by Zsofia Erdelyi’s seventh-place individual finish, the Women of Troy placed eighth as a team at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto on Sept. 25.
Erdelyi, a senior from Godollo, Hungary, covered the 6,000m course in 20:56 to lead USC. Behind her were senior Christine Cortez (31st, 21:53) and junior Leah Gaeta (56th, 22:27).
Dina Kitayama (65th, 22:42) and Zara Lukens (73rd, 22:49) rounded out the USC scorers.
Seniors Kailey Campbell and Mel Lawrence recorded top-25 finishes in the 5,000m women’s race to help the No. 3 Huskies into sixth place at the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday.
Campbell (14th, 16:54) and Lawrence (25th, 17:10) were joined by Lindsay Flanagan (30th, 17:18), Kayla Evans (48th, 17:30) and Libby Miller (68th, 17:42) in scoring 185 points for Washington, which did not use several top runners at the meet.
The Husky men finished the 8,000m men’s race in South Bend in 16th place in the team standings, led by Joey Bywater (63rd, 25:05).
Freshman Ruby Roberts finished in third place in the women’s 5,000m race as the Washington State Cougars were the team runner-up at the Montana Invitational cross country meet, held Saturday in Missoula, Mont.
Three Cougars cracked the top 10: Roberts (17:54), sophomore Caroline Austin (seventh, 18:16) and Sarah Bobbe (10th, 18:35). Freshman Allison Clark (11th, 18:39) and junior Emily Farrar (18th, 18:56) also scored for Washington State.
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